Texas Senate Approves Senate Bill 6
AUSTIN – The Texas Senate gave final approval on day two of debate on the Texas Privacy Act. The 21-10 vote, the Texas Senate approved passage of the Texas Privacy Act, authored by Senator Lois Kolkhorst. The Texas Privacy Act will designate that showers, dressing rooms and restrooms are separate for males and females in all schools, colleges, universities and government facilities. The act also allows private businesses and leased public venues in Texas to set their own policies without government interference. “The Texas Privacy Act was written not to begin a controversy, but to end one,” said Senator Kolkhorst. But Senator Kirk Watson says the Texas Privacy Act is a discriminatory bathroom bill that harms transgender Texans. Watson says, “I’ve heard many dismiss critics who say Senate Bill 6 is discriminatory. They say, instead, that it’s about privacy and safety for women and children. Despite that claim, the people who will be most affected by SB 6 are transgender Texans who are just trying to live their lives and be true to themselves. And this bill does discriminate against them. It harms one group of people under the false pretense of protecting the majority from some amorphous threat.” The bill now moves to the House.
Statement from Senator Kirk Watson http://www.kirkwatson.com/featured-posts/discriminatory-bathroom-bill-harms-transgender-texans/